As someone that had ZERO experience with kids before having our first (and now being in the deep-end with two kids 17 months apart) many things about having children have come as a shock to me.
When you’re pregnant, your friends don’t really warn you about what’s to come. They say “oh wow that’s amazing”, “look forward to no sleep” or “are you ready for your life to change” – but no one goes into specifics.
While I thought I’d love my kids with all my heart, of course, I wasn’t quite prepared for the full extent of that.
As a whole we mums and dads can fall into a rut of focusing on the negative. There can be a lot of bad stories out there, particularly in the media. Yes, the realities of being responsible for little human lives is confronting, heartbreaking, exhausting and overwhelming but let’s focus on the positives.
The little things.
Seeing them grow, develop, achieve milestones and become their own little person is just beautiful.
Babies playing. Image via iStock.
They’re kinda useful.
Once they reach a certain age, they actually become a bit useful and on occasion the tables are turned – you get looked after. You can ask them to grab something for you and they will. They can help out with their brother or sister. It’s brilliant.
They know just when you need a lift.
When you’ve had the worst day ever, and a string of things have gone wrong, no matter whether they’re a wee babe or a tantrum throwing toddler, they seem to just know. In their own way, they’ll make you feel better – with a cuddle, a sweet gurgle, a kiss or some crazy behaviour that makes you laugh until you’re blue in the face. Awwwww.
Is there anything sweeter than baby cuddles? Image via iStock.